Apply what you learned & learn from your mistakes.
Yes. Make mistakes, lots of them.
In 2011, a group of cybersecurity-focused academics from several public agencies got together and created an innovative way for students to apply what they were learning in class. It would be important to reduce barriers and excite young people to participate. Students would have easy access, no matter what their age, skill level or location. The NCL Competition was born. It was one of the earliest e-sports - a competitive game-meets-edutainment - and it would simulate real-life cyberthreats in a safe environment, for students to learn how to defend organizations against cyber-threats and keep them secure.
And it worked. Today, a growing population - more than 10,000 students of all ages, representing over 450 colleges and universities, along with high schools across the U.S. - participates each year in the biannual competition.
NCL is run by the National Cyber League, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in May 2011. The founding members are:
- Cyber Security Privacy and Research Institute (CSPRI) - George Washington University
- Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA)
- CyberWatch West (Now NCYTE Center)
- Mid-Pacific Information and Communication Technologies (MPICT) Center
- National CyberWatch Center